Charity total tops £32,000

Fernhill was the venue for an hour-long sponsored tap dance by Pudsey bear in aid of Children in Need. Activities Organiser Karen Grant-A'Court took to the floor dressed as the famous charity mascot. The home's choir, involving residents and team members, sang classic tunes to accompany her as she danced.

Our residents and staff have raised a remarkable £32,000 for good causes in the past year.

The amount means we have been able to benefit charities and voluntary community groups by more than £140,000 in the past six years.

Canford Chase in Poole, Dorset, reported the highest total of all our homes, raising more than £3,800 for charities, including the Youth Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Avon Reach in Mudeford, Dorset, was second highest with £3,350. Funds there went to help the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the RNLI and others.

Also in the ‘top five’ were Castle View in Dorchester, Newstone House in Sturminster Newton and Fernhill in Ferndown. Across all 19 of our homes, we doubled our specific fundraising for Children in Need, raising around £3,900.

Charity fundraising is something we encourage all our homes to get involved in. Residents contribute directly in meaningful ways, such as making arts and crafts to sell at fetes and suggesting ideas for sponsored events such as walks and quizzes.

Activities Manager Karen Burdon said: “It’s the residents who nominate the charities we support. Residents are only too happy to help people less fortunate than them. It’s another way we can support the communities we serve and the big national charities that also do great work locally.”

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